Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of the social networking site Facebook, announced yesterday that the site now officially has 1 billion users that are actively using it every month.
Four years ago Facebook only had 100 million users, and two years ago just half a billion. Back in April it was on 900 million, so it really has grown at an incredible speed in the last four years. The number seems even more incredible when you realise that it is approximately 1 in 7 people around the world are now actively using Facebook every month. It has therefore only taken 8 years since Zuckerberg launched Facebook in February 2004 for it to have 1 billion active users.Breaking down the statistics even further, the Guardian reported that since Facebook launched it has seen 1.13 trillion likes, 140.3 billion friend connections and 219 billion shared photos.
Mr Zuckerberg’s official blogpost said: “This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month. If you’re reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you. Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life. I am committed to working every day to make Facebook better for you, and hopefully together one day we will be able to connect the rest of the world too.”
Despite this incredible achievement, Facebook shares have continued to slide since it was floated on the stock market back in May. Launched at $38 per share, it was down to around $22 yesterday. According to the BBC, around 45% of North America uses Facebook, 42% in Australasia, 34% in South America, and 30% in Europe. However, there is huge potential on the other continents, with only 6.68% of Asia using Facebook.
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